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On Cocktails: After a Trip to the Birthplace of Tequila, I Have an Even Greater Appreciation for This Magnificent Spirit

On Cocktails: After a Trip to the Birthplace of Tequila, I Have an Even Greater Appreciation for This Magnificent Spirit

I’m in a cave underneath the blue agave fields of the Tequila Fortaleza distillery in the town of Tequila, Jalisco, Mexico. The man talking to me is Guillermo Sauza, a lovable but ...

The Indy Endorsement: The Tillamook Cheddar Beer Soup at Ein Brathaus

The Indy Endorsement: The Tillamook Cheddar Beer Soup at Ein Brathaus

What: The Tillamook cheddar beer soup

Where: Ein Brathaus, 117 La Plaza, Palm Springs

How much: $5.95 for a bowl; $4.50 for a cup

Contact: 760-300-3601; www.einbrathaus.com

Why: It’ll warm y...

Amping Up: High Fantasy Plans to Move From the Studio to the Stage in 2018

Amping Up: High Fantasy Plans to Move From the Studio to the Stage in 2018

Not a lot of people have heard of the local band High Fantasy—but that’s likely to change in the upcoming year.

Orlando Welsh and Ryan Jovian, both of whom were in the now-defunct r...

Art Movement: 'Kinesthesia' at the Palm Springs Art Museum Shines a Light on an Underappreciated Art Movement

Art Movement: 'Kinesthesia' at the Palm Springs Art Museum Shines a Light on an Underappreciated Art Movement

There are many adjectives that could apply to Kinesthesia: Latin American Kinetic Art 1954-1969 , an exhibit currently at the Palm Springs Art Museum.

Historic. Groundbreaking. Educat...

The De Facto Leader: On a Trip to Europe, Gov. Jerry Brown Found an Audience Receptive to His Climate-Change Concerns

The De Facto Leader: On a Trip to Europe, Gov. Jerry Brown Found an Audience Receptive to His Climate-Change Concerns

BONN, Germany—The camera and lights switched on, and Ole Torp, the Charlie Rose of Norway, leaned in, silver hair flashing, and posed his first question to Gov. Jerry Brown.

“Is the...

The Weekly Independent Comics Page for Nov. 16, 2017!

The Weekly Independent Comics Page for Nov. 16, 2017!

On this week's shaking-its-head weekly Independent comics page: Jen Sorenson examines the difference between patriotism and nationalism; The K Chronicles pays tribute to the scarines...

Know Your Neighbors: After Moving to Cathedral City to Retire, Lynne O'Neill Became Part of Some 'Courageous Resistance'

Know Your Neighbors: After Moving to Cathedral City to Retire, Lynne O'Neill Became Part of Some 'Courageous Resistance'

Cathedral City’s Lynne O’Neill has been in the Coachella Valley for only a year and a half—but in that small amount of time, she has already made a large difference.

Born in New Yor...

News

Cannabis in the CV: On Jan. 1, the Era of Recreational Legal Marijuana Will Begin in California

Cannabis in the CV: On Jan. 1, the Era of Recreational Legal Marijuana Will Begin in California

Monday, November 20, 2017  |  Charles Drabkin

I lived in Washington state in 2012 when voters passed Initiative 502, making Washington one of the first states to legalize the recreational use of marijuana for people 21 and older.

Although the process took a year, Washington was able to implement a well-thought-out system to fairly tax recreation...

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The De Facto Leader: On a Trip to Europe, Gov. Jerry Brown Found an Audience Receptive to His Climate-Change Concerns

The De Facto Leader: On a Trip to Europe, Gov. Jerry Brown Found an Audience Receptive to His Climate-Change Concerns

Thursday, November 16, 2017  |  Julie Cart, CALmatters

BONN, Germany—The camera and lights switched on, and Ole Torp, the Charlie Rose of Norway, leaned in, silver hair flashing, and posed his first question to Gov. Jerry Brown.

“Is the world going to hell?”

“Yes,” Brown answered swiftly.

The interview, taped last week in Oslo, was declared a fabulous succ...

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Election Reflection: This Week's East Coast Voting Results Suggest West Coast Republicans May Pay a Price for Trump

Election Reflection: This Week's East Coast Voting Results Suggest West Coast Republicans May Pay a Price for Trump

Friday, November 10, 2017  |  Ben Christopher, CALmatters

You’ve heard the term, “All politics is local”? California Republicans had better hope so.

The pre-vote polls told us that this week’s gubernatorial matchup in Virginia would be a nailbiter. Instead, it was an electoral thrashing. Voters handed the governor’s mansion to Democrat Ralph Northam with a ...

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Opinion

The Weekly Independent Comics Page for Nov. 16, 2017!

The Weekly Independent Comics Page for Nov. 16, 2017!

Thursday, November 16, 2017  |  Staff

On this week's shaking-its-head weekly Independent comics page: Jen Sorenson examines the difference between patriotism and nationalism; The K Chronicles pays tribute to the scariness of the vacuum cleaner; This Modern World wonders how low the GOP will go; Apoca Clips looks in on a budding romance; a...

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Know Your Neighbors: After Moving to Cathedral City to Retire, Lynne O'Neill Became Part of Some 'Courageous Resistance'

Know Your Neighbors: After Moving to Cathedral City to Retire, Lynne O'Neill Became Part of Some 'Courageous Resistance'

Wednesday, November 15, 2017  |  Anita Rufus

Cathedral City’s Lynne O’Neill has been in the Coachella Valley for only a year and a half—but in that small amount of time, she has already made a large difference.

Born in New York, the middle child in a family with four brothers, O’Neill moved here from New Jersey, where she practiced family law. ...

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Community Voices: The New Book 'Quakeland' Explains How We Are All on Unstable Ground

Community Voices: The New Book 'Quakeland' Explains How We Are All on Unstable Ground

Wednesday, November 15, 2017  |  Ben Goldfarb, High Country News

In 2015, Kathryn Schulz, a writer at The New Yorker , published “ The Really Big One ,” a meticulous evocation of the oceanic earthquake that will someday drown the Pacific Northwest beneath a tsunami.

I lived in Seattle then, and the quake was all anyone talked about: at coffee shops, in elevators, on b...

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Arts and Culture

Western Lit: Border Patrol Agent-Turned-Author Francisco Cantú Examines His Experiences in 'The Line Becomes a River'

Western Lit: Border Patrol Agent-Turned-Author Francisco Cantú Examines His Experiences in 'The Line Becomes a River'

Thursday, November 16, 2017  |  Katherine E. Standefer, High Country News

The tacos dorados , Francisco Cantú tells me as we push through the turnstiles into Nogales, Mexico, are some of the best he’s ever had.

So we beeline through the bustling streets toward the small metal cart in search of the paper-wrapped stacks of crispy chicken tacos dripping spicy red salsa.

Cantú is...

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Art Movement: 'Kinesthesia' at the Palm Springs Art Museum Shines a Light on an Underappreciated Art Movement

Art Movement: 'Kinesthesia' at the Palm Springs Art Museum Shines a Light on an Underappreciated Art Movement

Thursday, November 16, 2017  |  Stephen Berger

There are many adjectives that could apply to Kinesthesia: Latin American Kinetic Art 1954-1969 , an exhibit currently at the Palm Springs Art Museum.

Historic. Groundbreaking. Educational. Mesmerizing.

In the end, however, the most important thing is this: The exhibit, touted as the first in-depth exam...

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A Big-Time Medium: Theresa Caputo Returns to the Coachella Valley to Talk to More Deceased Loved Ones

A Big-Time Medium: Theresa Caputo Returns to the Coachella Valley to Talk to More Deceased Loved Ones

Tuesday, November 14, 2017  |  Brian Blueskye

Theresa Caputo is arguably the most successful television “medium” working today.

The star of TLC’s Long Island Medium , known for her big blonde hair and her New York accent, is currently in the 10th season of her highly rated show. She’s released three New York Times best-sellers and often performs to ...

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Movies & TV

Home Video Review: Robert Pattinson Turns in Another Gem, Playing a Small-Time Crook in 'Good Time'

Home Video Review: Robert Pattinson Turns in Another Gem, Playing a Small-Time Crook in 'Good Time'

Monday, November 20, 2017  |  Bob Grimm

Robert Pattinson continues his daring post- Twilight career with his best role yet in Good Time as Connie, a small-time crook who gets his mentally handicapped brother, Nick (Benny Safdie, who co-directed the film with brother Josh), imprisoned on Rikers Island.

The movie is a dark and twisted adventure ...

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True TV: 'The Punisher' Brings the Brutality; 'Marvel's Runaways' Delivers the Teen Angst

True TV: 'The Punisher' Brings the Brutality; 'Marvel's Runaways' Delivers the Teen Angst

Wednesday, November 15, 2017  |  Bill Frost

After cutting down on episodic bloat with the eight-installment The Defenders , Netflix is back in the overload business with The Punisher (series debut Friday, Nov. 17, Netflix), the latest 13-episode Marvel delivery from Hell’s Kitchen. Vicious vigilante Frank Castle (Jon Bernthal) is more antihero th...

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An Appalling Apology: 'I Love You, Daddy' Makes It Impossible to Believe Louis C.K. Is Genuinely Sorry About His Sexual Misconduct

An Appalling Apology: 'I Love You, Daddy' Makes It Impossible to Believe Louis C.K. Is Genuinely Sorry About His Sexual Misconduct

Monday, November 13, 2017  |  Bob Grimm

Last week, I received a review link to Louis C.K.’s new film, I Love You, Daddy , along with a message saying that Louis C.K. was available for interviews. I also got a form that, among other things, asked about my reaction to the movie.

I was a little peeved that my reaction to the film was needed bef...

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Music

Amping Up: High Fantasy Plans to Move From the Studio to the Stage in 2018

Amping Up: High Fantasy Plans to Move From the Studio to the Stage in 2018

Thursday, November 16, 2017  |  Brian Blueskye

Not a lot of people have heard of the local band High Fantasy—but that’s likely to change in the upcoming year.

Orlando Welsh and Ryan Jovian, both of whom were in the now-defunct rock/electronic band Metroid, have been creating an interesting blend of indie-rock and dance music, including releasing ...

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Rich Men, Poor Men: The Members of Popular Local Band Upper Class Poverty Say a Recording Is Coming Soon … Maybe

Rich Men, Poor Men: The Members of Popular Local Band Upper Class Poverty Say a Recording Is Coming Soon … Maybe

Thursday, November 09, 2017  |  Brian Blueskye

In 2013, a new band with a funny name played its first show.

In 2017, Upper Class Poverty is still playing live shows—including a late October gig at the legendary Whisky A Go Go in Hollywood, opening for Michale Graves, the former lead singer of the Misfits. Some recorded material may be coming soon...

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The Lucky 13: James Johnson, Frontman of Sleeping Habits (Formerly the BrosQuitos)

The Lucky 13: James Johnson, Frontman of Sleeping Habits (Formerly the BrosQuitos)

Friday, November 03, 2017  |  Brian Blueskye

Remember The BrosQuitos? While the band continues on, the name is no more: Frontman James Johnson recently announced the band’s name has changed to Sleeping Habits. Regardless of what they call themselves, the members of Sleeping Habits are great musicians with a bright future ahead. Stay tuned for ...

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Food and Drink

On Cocktails: After a Trip to the Birthplace of Tequila, I Have an Even Greater Appreciation for This Magnificent Spirit

On Cocktails: After a Trip to the Birthplace of Tequila, I Have an Even Greater Appreciation for This Magnificent Spirit

Sunday, November 19, 2017  |  Patrick Johnson

I’m in a cave underneath the blue agave fields of the Tequila Fortaleza distillery in the town of Tequila, Jalisco, Mexico. The man talking to me is Guillermo Sauza, a lovable but gruff cowboy type whose family has produced tequila in the appellation for more than 140 years, and who is now the head j...

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The Indy Endorsement: The Tillamook Cheddar Beer Soup at Ein Brathaus

The Indy Endorsement: The Tillamook Cheddar Beer Soup at Ein Brathaus

Friday, November 17, 2017  |  Jimmy Boegle

What: The Tillamook cheddar beer soup

Where: Ein Brathaus, 117 La Plaza, Palm Springs

How much: $5.95 for a bowl; $4.50 for a cup

Contact: 760-300-3601; www.einbrathaus.com

Why: It’ll warm you up and please your taste buds.

On Ein Brathaus’ menu, next to the listing for the Tillamook cheddar beer soup, it says...

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Vine Social: There's No Such Thing as a Perfect Holiday Wine—So Take the Chance to Experiment and Enjoy Favorites Both Old and New

Vine Social: There's No Such Thing as a Perfect Holiday Wine—So Take the Chance to Experiment and Enjoy Favorites Both Old and New

Tuesday, November 14, 2017  |  Katie Finn

The holidays are here, and every publication across the country is offering up advice on the perfect wines to serve for Thanksgiving and beyond.

These articles all suggest there is some skeleton-key wine out there that magically and universally pairs with everything on the table, somehow unlocking the ...

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